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Jays surge to 10th straight win

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TORONTO—Chris Colabello and Justin Smoak each hit three-run homers, and the surging Toronto Blue Jays put up seven runs in the second inning en route to their 10th straight victory, 10-3 over the Oakland Athletics yesterday.

Colabello was two for four with four runs batted in, Josh Donaldson had two hits and drove in a pair and Russell Martin had an RBI for Toronto (63-52), which could leap into first place in the American League East with a Cleveland win over the Yankees.

R.A. Dickey (7-10) fanned four batters and scattered three runs, six hits and two walks over six innings.

Bo Schultz and Liam Hendriks pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings and Aaron Loup—in his first appearance since July 31—worked around a lead-off single in the ninth to close it out.

Former Blue Jay Danny Valencia hit a solo shot for the A’s (51-64) and Mark Canha and Eric Sogard drove in a run apiece.

Aaron Brooks (1-1) lasted just one and 2/3 innings, giving up eight runs and six hits while walking two and striking out two.

Colabello got the Blue Jays on the board in the bottom of the first inning with his three-run blast to left field, but the A’s scored two in the top of the second on Valencia’s solo homer to deep centre field and Sogard’s RBI ground out.

Then Toronto’s potent offence went to work in the bottom of the frame.

Donaldson’s bases-loaded single scored Ryan Goins and Ben Revere to restore the three-run cushion, Colabello singled home another run to end Brooks’ short outing, and Martin’s RBI base hit off former Blue Jay Felix Doubront scored Jose Bautista for a 7-2 lead.

Smoak added to the wreckage with a three-run home run to the delight of the 44,597 in attendance.

The Blue Jays nearly scored another run in the second inning when a single from Bautista brought in Troy Tulowitzki from second base, but he was called out at the plate. John Gibbons challenged the call and it was confirmed upon review.

Canha hit an RBI double off Dickey in the fourth to cut the A’s deficit to 10-3.

The Blue Jays closed out their three-game series against Oakland this afternoon.

LHP Mark Buehrle (12-5, 3.34 earned-run average) was scheduled to start for Toronto. The A’s countered with RHP Sonny Gray (12-4, 2.06 ERA).

Elsewhere in the American League yesterday, the Mariners netted the Orioles 3-0; the Indians beat the Yankees 2-1; the Tigers mauled the Royals 7-4; the White Sox defeated the Angels 3-2; and the Twins clobbered the Rangers 11-1.

In National League action, the Reds pasted the Padres 7-3; the Mets conquered the Rockies 3-0; the Cardinals pecked the Pirates 4-2; the Phillies beat the Diamondbacks 7-6; the Cubs bit the Brewers 3-2; and the Dodgers defeated the Nationals 3-0.

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